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Storms hit area hard

Mindy Abbott sent us this photo of the second storm coming in on Monday morning, July 11. It was taken from the Goodwill parking lot off 17 Mile Road and Edgerton.

The storms that blew into West Michigan about 8:00 a.m. Monday, July 11, caused at least one fatality, and left several areas with heavy property damage.

The National Weather Service, in Grand Rapids, said that their storm survey team confirmed straight line wind damage in Kentwood, Holland, and Portage. In Kentwood, there were maximum wind speeds of 85-90 mph, about the same magnitude as en EF-0 or low EF-1 tornado. The winds uprooted and snapped numerous large trees, several homes were damaged, and many power lines were brought down by fallen trees. A man was killed in Kentwood when a tree fell on the garage he was in at the time.

Cedar Springs and the surrounding area had some damage, including a tree down on 16 Mile and the White Pine Trail that brought down a power line. Power was out in several pockets across the area.

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